Tools for RAtional Processing of nanoparticle based materials
TRAP: a horizontal program aimed at strengthening the scientific base for the rational processing of nanomaterials and creating technology platforms.
The scientific and technological objective of this program stems from the observation that clear bottlenecks exist when processing nanoparticle based materials. Even when starting from well-defined and stable nanoparticle suspensions in a suspending medium, ensuring adequate dispersion during processing in a more complex formulation or polymeric matrix, or structure control during the formation of a coating or a deposit is often not possible. These problems become even worse when starting from dry (nano)particles, which need to be functionalized, wetted, dispersed and deposited.
Therefore there is a need for multidisciplinary know-how and manufacturing expertise to prepare, formulate and integrate nano- and micromaterials into future systems or products.